Zoya Carly Swatches & Review

Zoya Carly Swatches & ReviewAre you a purple-polish fiend? If so, this lacquer may make your heart race! šŸ˜‰

Even though Zoya Carly is part of the Beach & Surf Collection for Summer this year, this shade reminds me more of something that would be included in a fall or winter collection because it’s so dark and rich.

But I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever colour you want regardless of the season. Happiness is key.

I really enjoyed this colour despite being on a bright and neon polish kick lately. Sometimes you need to switch it up so you don’t get burned out on a set of colours. Gotta keep the love going, right?

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Carly by Zoya Swatch & Review


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Zoya Carly Ingredients

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Zoya Carly Swatches

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Zoya Carly Swatches & Review

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Carly by Zoya Swatches & Review

Zoya Carly Review, Swatch & Pictures

Zoya Carly Swatch & Review

Zoya Carly Swatches, Review & Pictures

Zoya Carly Review & Swatch

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āˆš Rich, bold, red-toned dark purple
āˆš Has iridescent red & silver metallic shimmer

Key Notes

Zoya Carly Review


Carly by Zoya is a decadent, royal-looking purple that’s vampy without looking like it’s black in dim lighting. It has metallic shimmer throughout in a reddish magenta and silver that keeps the overall effect from looking too solid.

I like how this isn’t a wimpy purple. It’s got a backbone. This is exactly the kind of colour that I think would look great on many different skin tones. (Thumbs up for easy-going polishes that suit the majority!)


The finish is a metallic shimmer, so the colour looks like it has a bit of a speckled appearance. It’s not like a traditional metallic that shows tons of brushstrokes.

Applying a top coat over this didn’t really change how this polished looked, which was interesting. Normally a shiny top coat makes a colour pop more. This one popped well all on its own.

Application & Formula

The formula was extremely pigmented. With just one coat, you can nearly cover your entire nail. But with two coats, you can even everything out and achieve full opacity.

Carly by Zoya goes on smoothly, and the formula made it possibly to apply thin coats if that’s your preference. (I tend to use medium coats.)


  • Deep, rich purple
  • Has interesting metallic shimmer
  • Formula is easy to apply

  • Zoya is a polish brand that can be tricky for Canadians to get hold of if you don’t shop online & can’t find it at Trade Secrets

Final Verdict: 8/10

For a nice change from the brighter polishes you’ve probably been sporting now that we’re quickly approaching summer, Zoya Carly hits the spot well. It’s dramatic, and it offers a lot of contrast to keep your attention.

Do you still sport your darker polishes even in the warmer months? If you could only wear one nail polish for the rest of your life, what would it be?


14 thoughts on “Zoya Carly Swatches & Review

  1. beachgal

    Love this one. Have not bought any from the beach/surf collections as I usually would due to some major med issues taking my $ & I hit a wall on all possible storage – cannot find a lot of my polishes in my set up so swore off buying new en mass until I can figure out where I am going to get rid of all my dupes which will free up a lot of space for me.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Hefty medical expenses suck. I hope that you’re okay!

      Sounds like you’re being very responsible, so good for you! Those polishes will turn up. They must’ve sneaked off when you weren’t looking.

  2. Janet "The KnitMaster"

    GORGEOUS! I never would’ve guess from the press release what a beaufiful color that really is.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey The KnitMaster!

      Press releases are pretty deceiving, aren’t they? I feel as though 9 times out of 10, the actual colours are better than in the promos.

  3. Melissa

    Love this color. Thank You, again you have helped me decide on buying a color. I have been looking at this color and now that I can see how lovely it looks, I WILL be buying it. Love your site, keep up the great work.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Glad I could help and be a bad influence. šŸ˜‰ Hahaha!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and shoot some encouraging words my way. I soak it up like a SpongeBob SquarePants in a glass of water!

  4. Cali

    Gorgeous purple, I love it. Doesn’t look madly unique but it’s such a beautiful colour and love that it’s part of a summer collection

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cali!

      It’s lovely when companies just put out colours they know we’ll enjoy instead of adhering to strict season-colour rules! šŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      You’re right – it may not be the most unique shade. Hehe, but since we’re both avid nail-polish addicts…err…collectors, that might have something to do with it. šŸ˜› Haha, years ago, if I saw a purple like this, it would be very unique in my book because of my much-smaller stash.

  5. Nina

    If I could only wear one color for the rest of my life, it would be OPI Lincoln Park at Midnight. I love vampy purples so naturally, I love this one too. I’m not sure if its too similar to my already big collection of vampy purples or not though!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nina!

      Thanks for reminding me! That’s a colour I’ve had in my stash for years and still haven’t tried. Oh, so many polishes and so little time. šŸ˜‰

  6. Marta

    Wow! I love purple and DON’T wear it enough.
    I need to do another vampy look after seeing your post… I can’t get over how awesome this looks on you. Reminds me a smidge of enigmatic by CultNails? ;D

    If I had to pick only one shade to wear… at my age having to make this choice would most likely cause such high heart palpitations that I would be spared making such an impossible choice šŸ˜‰
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Yes, you need to do another vampy look…or just any look! šŸ˜‰ Y’know…so that we can all drool over how fabulous it is. Ever since I found your blog, you know that I’ve been a huge fan of your classy work.


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